You might not be ready to buy a single-port, ultra-slim 12-inch Retina MacBook, but Apple’s thinnest laptop yet is an interesting option. The impressively slim design is already being copied by various rivals, and new reports suggest Apple will now release two new models of its sleek notebook. More →
The Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony’s PlayStation VR are going to be some of the most exciting virtual reality headsets to buy this year. However, they require dedicated computers or consoles that have the advanced computational capacity for seamlessly rendering VR content. That means most people will need to either upgrade their desktops or purchase new ones to enjoy some of the best VR experiences coming to the living room.
But what about computer users who prefer laptops, including MacBooks? Should they purchase a computer just for consuming VR content and games? No, that might not the case, as there’s one cool accessory that might turn your notebook into a VR-compliant machine.
The selfie stick phenomenon just got even stranger. If wielding a small smartphone or even a tablet at the end of a telescopic pole isn’t cutting it for you, then a group of artists may have the answer. More →
They might not be iPhones, but Apple’s MacBooks and Macs are still relevant players in the PC business. And while Apple may not have anything to announce regarding release plans for this year’s MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, supply chain murmurs have already hit the web and have revealed tentative release dates for this year’s MacBook releases.
The iPhone may be Apple’s primary revenue driver, but the Mac over the past few years has remained a steady and perhaps surprising contributor to Apple’s bottom line. In fact, the Mac today is responsible for a greater share of Apple’s revenue than any of the company’s other services or products, including the iPad.
Looking out over the next 12 months, Apple reportedly has a few exciting changes in store for its notebook lineup. According to reputable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and originally relayed by 9to5Mac, Apple will likely refresh its MacBook line sometime before June.
Getting rid of an old computer can be a difficult thing to do for a multitude of reasons. Not only did you likely spend a great deal on it, but it held your personal information for years. It’s definitely not something you’re going to part with lightly, which is why you want to get the best possible price for it when you do finally decide to sell.
On Monday, Lifehacker did a deep dive on the subject in an attempt to find the best places on the Internet to sell a laptop and get the most money in return. The results might surprise you! More →
Did you miss your chance to score a great deal on Apple gear on either Black Friday or Cyber Monday 2015? Well then, you should know there are plenty of special sales and promos available until Christmas, and a number of these sales events cover Apple gear.
Best Buy, for example, is ready to offer great savings on the Apple Watch, MacBooks and iMacs throughout the holidays. More →
Consumer Reports has a definitive answer to a particular debate between laptop buyers. Are MacBooks better than Windows notebooks? Or is it the other way around? The product testing organization found that MacBooks are more reliable than their Windows-based counterpart, after conducting a large-scale study looking at laptop performance. More →
Right after Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book (a.k.a., the “ultimate laptop”), I wrote that I hope Apple copies the idea and creates a similar iPad/MacBook combo. I said that despite the fact that Apple has steadfastly insisted it will never merge iOS and OS X. In Apple’s view, there are specific purposes for the iPad and the MacBook, so seeing a Mac with a touchscreen display seems out of the question.
However, it looks like Apple studied the “ultimate laptop” idea as far back as 2011, when the company first filed for a patent describing such a piece of technology. More →
One of the 12-inch Retina MacBook’s most daring features is the USB-C port that can transfers both power and data at speeds faster than before. Just like MagSafe chargers, the port is also reversible, meaning you don’t have to find the right way of inserting a charger into the MacBook. However, there’s one potentially major problem with the port: It’s the only port on the Retina MacBook. More →
Apple has recently revealed it’s still selling a lot more MacBooks than expected and is continuing its positive growth in a PC business where sales are declining. But MacBooks aren’t cheap, and sometimes users end up choosing entry-level options that have limited storage.
Rather than purchasing pricier memory upgrades from Apple, you can always choose to upgrade the SSD drive in your laptop yourself, but that involves the hassles of actually opening up the laptop or paying someone to do it for you. Alternatively, you could buy an external hard drive, but you’d have to carry it with you at all times. And yes, there’s always the cloud with its unlimited resources, but that means you need a constant Internet connection.
But what if you could double your MacBook’s storage in less than three minutes with a push of a button and avoid any hassles related to alternative storage solutions? More →
In a rare interview, Apple’s Phil Schiller shared more details about the Retina MacBook, including secret features that Apple has never really talked about. On its face, this seems a little strange.
Sure, Apple talks about its products with the media all the time by promoting them before or around launch. Earlier this year, for example, Apple gave multiple news sites and publications access to the Apple Watch before it hit stores and it also talked extensively about Apple Music.
But it’s definitely strange to see Apple pitch the Retina MacBook during an interview — the device was released this past March, after all — rather than focus on the recently launched iPhone 6s and Apple TV or the upcoming iPad Pro. Is it possible that Apple, maybe for the first time in years, is actually afraid of a MacBook rival, Microsoft’s Surface Book? More →
Windows 10 has not been the boost PC vendors were hoping for. Reports from both Gartner and IDC earlier this week suggested that PC sales fell between 7% and 11% year over year in the third quarter, which is a huge hit considering the wave of new hardware that has been released over the past few months. With vendors seemingly running out of options in their attempts to stir up interest in their wares, Microsoft has stepped in with a new offer aimed at incentivizing users to upgrade to a new Windows 10 desktop or laptop.
The deal offers customers $200 to trade in an old Windows laptop when upgrading, but the company will pay you even more if you jump ship from Apple’s camp and switch from a Mac to a Windows 10 PC. More →